With Christmas looming two annual dilemmas re-emerge – what do I serve the one vegetarian at Christmas lunch and what can I possibly buy the cantankerous atheist of the family, something which will silence their snide remarks and keep them out of the way for much of the day?
In answer to the first, do what you always do, seat them at the kiddies table and pretend you forgot they were still vegetarian and ask them to make do with the baked potatoes, salad and bread.
In answer to the second, instead of treading the well worn path of antagonism (remember the time you all put together to buy the atheist one of those stone Buddhas for their garden?) – instead of treading that path, get into the spirit of Christmas and give them something they might want. Come on, rise above the joys discord.
Give them The Australian Book of Atheism:
The Australian Book of Atheism is the first collection to explore atheism from an Australian viewpoint. Bringing together essays from 33 of the nation’s pre-eminent atheist, rationalist, humanist, and sceptical thinkers, it canvasses a range of opinions on religion and secularism in Australia.
Ranging across a broad range of issues including education, euthanasia, abortion, politics, philosophy, and even neuroscience, this is a diverse and entertaining collection of thoughts on a world without God.
Essays from Robyn Williams – On Being a Part-time Atheist, Tim Minchin – Storm, Dr Philip Nitschke – Atheism and Euthanasia, Lyn Allison – Ever Wondered Why God is a Bloke? and many, many more.
The Australian Book of Atheism aims to change that, gathering together an impressive collection of essays from pre-eminent Australian atheist, rationalist, secular, humanist, and sceptic thinkers, many of whom participated in the 2010 Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne.
The collection showcases a range of published authors, as well as new voices from the blogosphere and beyond, culminating in a diverse and entertaining read that canvasses the political, philosophical, educational, personal, historical, and social and cultural realms of belief and religion.
About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.